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Riding & Safety
Shows the seven most common ways you can get hit by cars (with pictures) and meaningful ways to avoid getting hit.Not your typical lame Bike Safety page.
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Training
Coaches and athletes have come to realize the benefits of strength training (resistance, weights, or pumping iron) in all sports. This article is based on the strength and power training guidelines produced by the US Cycling Federation National Team coaches. Fall and winter is the time for strength training, which usually begins in November, following a rest period off your bike. Many cyclists continue a light weight program all year ("peak" phase), others stop completely in late winter.
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Safety
In order for your winter ride to be safe and enjoyable you need to winterize your bike and your body
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Training
Coaches and athletes have come to realize the benefits of strength training (resistance, weights, or pumping iron) in all sports. This article is based on the strength and power training guidelines produced by the US Cycling Federation National Team coaches. Fall and winter is the time for strength training, which usually begins in November, following a rest period off your bike. Many cyclists continue a light weight program all year ("peak" phase), others stop completely in late winter.
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Training
Fitness For the Mind! Although most athletes are physiologically separated only by a few degrees, a broad knowledge of race tactics many times separates winners from the pipped. While coaches focus efforts on training their athletes to peak levels of fitness, race tactics are sometimes overlooked. Having the ability to learn and use racing tactics is paramount in the success of all road racers.
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Nutrition

The myriad of unsubstantiated nutrition practices I observe pertaining to postexercise (recovery) nutrition never cease to amaze me.

Some of my favorites are:

  • I only eat protein after a hard workout
  • I exercise in the evening and avoid eating anything after because it helps me lose weight
  • By delaying eating after exercise I force my body to burn more fat
  • A 40-30-30 distribution of calories from carbohydrates, protein, and fat is most effective at repairing damaged muscle and replenishing glycogen

Cyclists are by no means immune to these and other nutritional fallacies since we’re always seeking the slightest edge on our competition as a result making us susceptible to falling prey to nutrition quackery. However, the sage athlete follows time tested and research proven strategies to maximize recovery between consecutive race days and during intense training periods. What follows are the 6 most common real world nutritional pitfalls I observe (some I have even fallen into myself) and the simple solutions to correct them and optimize recovery.

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Riding & Safety
Basics of Traffic Cycling The law of the road concerning movement of vehicles says: bicycle = car. This means that you should operate your bicycle like a driver of a vehicle. You already know how to drive a car, right? Well the rules are the same, only you have to learn how to follow them while driving a narrow vehicle with not all of the speed you're used too.
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Riding & Safety
Bike Rules of the Road for All States
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Riding & Safety
First Aid is exactly that, the first aid given to an injured person. On a ride where help could be very far away. A little knowledge can go a long way helping a hurt cyclist. The most important thing to keep in mind if you or your riding partner is injured is to stay calm. Assess the situation carefully. Bleeding, Breathing, Heart Attack, Poison, and shock is the order of life threatening situations. This is not meant to be a complete description of all first aid, only as a concise guide.
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Riding & Safety

If more people biked to work we would have cleaner air and quieter streets that require less maintenance. So Why Not Commute By Bike?

Here are 12 common excuses and 12 answers to those excuses:

1. It's too far to ride If you live too far from work, consider driving part of the way and riding the rest. This is especially useful if you work in a traffic-congested area. Reducing of motor vehicle use will help the environment and becoming a bicycle commuter will create more awareness of other cycle commuters when you drive. Or you can ride the bus part way. Bike racks have been installed on many full sized city buses. Taking your bike along for the ride saves fuel and money. A $10 monthly bus pass plus a bike can take you anywhere you want to go.

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Equipment
You probably know that bicycle computers can be used to track speed, distance and ride time, but do you know what else they can do? Read on for a breakdown of their more fancy features.
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Site
Nine past years and current year of feature articles.

Summer 2007  Announcing our own Upcoming Bike Book
Sampling of recent articles

Spring '07     Edition  By Charles Pekow  (Hub Archive)

Mr. Pekow, a seasoned DC journalist, provides Bikexchange.com with unbiased news on legislation and government decisions affecting  the bicycling world. This season's column examines the progress of  'Non-Motorized Pilot Project,' which will evaluate major improvements  in bicycling infrastructure in four targeted communities across the  U.S. Will the folks spend more on two feet and two wheels, or will they  continue to put the pedal to the metal?
Better Cycling Infrastructure: The Solution?

Fun In the Haiku     Factory (You must be seventeen.) By     Chip Haynes
Our  cycling essayist-humorous has discovered the joys of haiku. He says  there's no better place to compose a cycling haiku than in the  saddle--with eyes on the road ahead, of course. Five, seven, five.  Five, seven, five...

Cyclotoon  by Neal Skorpen
Neal's refreshing and timely Cyclotoons       celebrate the bicycle and slam the automobile. His work has appeared in Oregon       Cycling, Cycling Utah, The Comic News and other papers.     In this current Cyclotoon #19, Neal turns to a     bit of art history and turns a smile on the editor.

King for the Day  by       Jerry King
Jerry's  cartoons have appeared in thousands of greeting cards, magazines, Web  sites, books, newspapers, newsletters and children's books. His client  list includes Disney, American Greetings, The United States Golf  Association, and many others. Jerry's magazine credits           include Better Homes and Gardens, Golf Digest, The           Saturday Evening Post, National Enquirer, Woman's World and hundreds of others world wide. Click to see his very first       cartoon posted on The Bicycle Exchange: #1

Photo:     Andy "the Mechanic" Wallen and Gary Fisher at Interbike '06
Our  own Ask the Mechanic columnist meets up with legendary mountain bike  builder, Gary Fisher, at the 2006 Interbike Show in Las Vegas.  Exclusive photo.

From The (bike)-X-(change) Files:
Timely selections from the         Ghost of Features Past.
Is Your Tandem         Ready For Spring?  By Rodney Moseman
Don't   mount that tandem without reading these tips from PA tandem  enthusiast.

 

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Basics
Road bikes will range in price from $500 to over $5000, and vary greatly in design, materials, and performance. The first decision you need to make is road bike or tri set up. What type of riding are you going to be doing? Are you purchasing the bike for multi-sport competition or strictly for road riding, training, and / or racing?
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Rides
For the first time, studies have been conducted testing the economic benefits of rail trails. In the few areas where the research has been done, the verdict is that they are worth the investment.
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Riding & Safety
By Alan Ira Fleischmann. The dictionary defines the word "shoulder" (the paved, not the anatomical) as a "protruding support, ledge, verge, collar, or border." The shoulder is where we love to ride (debris permitting). Lately, I have formulated my own definition for "shoulder": Connecticut has 'em, and West Virginia doesn't! I miss those shoulders.
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Repair & Maintenance

Ask the Mechanic contains we'll over 1,000 questions from readers, all answered by Andy Wallen, a shop owner/mechanic from Wheeling, WV.

Stuck in gear and need expert advice? Ask Andy the Mechanic (a.k.a. Andy Wallen), the proprietor of Wheelcraft Bicycles of Wheeling, WV. (Please, no old bike & antique questions.) E-mail to ibike@bikexchange.com, subject "ask the mechanic," and tell us where you live. Or, mail your question directly to Ask the Mechanic, c/o Wheelcraft Bicycles, 2185 National Road, Wheeling, WV, USA 26003. Andy will e-mail your advice and we may post it afterward (do not submit a question if you don't want your Q&A posted in a future column). Take a look at our back issues to find answers to all kinds of bike fix-it questions. 

 

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Site
Hundreds of articles on improving cycling skills and techniques, fixing, buying, training, fitting, the funniest bike humor on the web, and more. The complete information source for commuters, female riders, weekend warriors and race junkies alike! A must-bookmark for any rider.
You Section: Upgrade Your Brain!
Tips and skills for both trail and road! Specific sections for racers, beginners, women, travellers, urban commuters... humor...stories...glossary...tips...more!
Body Section: Your Bicycle Engine
Training, fitness, building strength. Nutrition, and recipes for on the road. Sports injuries, traffic safety, first aid; ...learn to keep it blazing, and intact!
Bike Section: an Engineered Edge
fitting, buying, modifying, or fixing. From drop bars to pedals, to clothes to camelbaks...even mud-proofing a bike.
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Nutrition Tips
eating right, recipes, supplements, dieting..
Equipment Tips
accessories, bikes...
Get That Edge
tips for a personal best...
Featured Links
link of the month, cycling, webzines...
Training Tips
stretching, weights, endurance, intervals, injuries...
Physiology
digestion, how muscles use Calories...
On line coach
your questions answered...
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Site
This is a huge forum, with 90,000+ members. The articles section is but one of several in addition to the forum itself.

Most Popular Articles:
Bicycle Sizing
Knee Pain and Cycling
Why you must eat before going to bed
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Bicycling Doesn't Need to be a Pain in the Back
Ephedra-based diet pills and doping
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How to choose Cycling Shorts
A Lock for Every Cyclist
How to Solve Painful "Hot Foot:
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Link NOT Working as of June 13, 2007.  I will leave this here for awhile to see if it comes back up.
From the web site: Here are a few sites on Bicycle Aerodynamics. As far as I can tell, I've found most which appear on the net.
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